When Broadcom announced plans to acquire Brocade, it was contingent upon divestiture of the assets from Brocade’s recent acquisition of Ruckus Wireless. Arris’ name had been circling the rumor mill for a while as a possible suitor, so it’s not too surprising. I was a little interested to see the price. At $800 million, it seems like a pretty good deal for Arris.
Sometimes, you need a champion in life. In Lee Badman’s case, he’s not just any champion, he’s a newly minited Cisco Champion! In this fun little journey, based on a Twitter comment, he investgates just how much data Open Mesh APs are using. The end result is interesting enough, but Lee’s “gonzo blogging” makes the whole post entertaining to go through.
Much like with storage, the world of container networking is still a relatively emergent space. That being said, the landscape is not completely devoid of tools. Jon Langemak wrote up a look at the Container Networking interface, going over some basic configuration and setup. Somewhat confusingly, this can work with Docker’s Container Network Model, but not out of the box.
Jon Langemak has been writing about container networking for the last couple of years. His Docker 101 series should be required reading for anyone looking to make two containers talk to each other. Jon does a great job of breaking things down into their basic pieces and explaining how to make everything work. In the world of containers, nothing is ever idle. Networking stacks are reimagined, reengineered, and retired quickly. So how can one take material that is designed to educate and make it applicable for the future? Enter the Docker Networking Cookbook.
In this weeks Networking News from Gestalt IT:
– Silver Peak’s End-to-End SD-WAN
– Intel’s Atom Bombs
– Dispelling IPv6 FUD
Plus more coverage from Networking Field Day, including looks at Nyansa and Kentik!
Ethan Banks wrote up a great overview for a general geeky audience on what IPv6 means to them. He did this is advance of his appearance on the Daily Tech News Show podcast, which is worth a listen to in its own right. But the next time you hear someone spewing some IPv6 FUD, shoot them this link.
With other C2000 based systems having issues, it looks like Intel might be facing a major recall across it’s Atom SoC line. This would be bad enough in the consumer market but a critical error in the enterprise. Even though Cisco might not be strictly responsible for this, they’ll have to mend some fences in the face of this issue.
It seems a lot of companies are excited about the possibilities of whitebox networking. This applies not just to inside the data center, but outside as edge devices as well. I’ve never really considered that as a possibility. Kevin Myers outlines a bit of the history of whitebox networking, and what he’s seeing to convince him that they’re rapidly moving to the edge.
Among the enterprise-focused SD-WAN companies, a lot of solutions rely on deep packet inspection. It makes a lot of sense, it allows you to see specifically what application traffic is coming through the network, and allows you to do useful analysis. But deep packet inspection does have some performance and security considerations to take into account, and depending on compliance, might not be a viable option. That’s why I was interested to hear about Silver Peak’s SD-WAN solution. It’s an enterprise focused solution, but because of their WAN optimization heritage, doesn’t reply on DPI.